Sunday, December 6, 2009
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wow. I have really dropped the ball on this whole blog thing. So much to cover-- over the past few weeks. I've been to Louisville, Myrtle Beach, Mobile and Pensacola.... and this weekend I am headed to Nashville.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
· A calendar on the wall still set to January 2008
· A quote posted to the wall that says “Some will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing --- the result” VL
· A rendering of what the new building will look like on LSU’s campus to house the Center for Computation Technology and EA Sports
· A letter tacked to the wall from one of the most powerful attorneys in Baton Rouge (who was also a board member of the chamber) threatening to sue me for misleading his client. I did no wrong and he knew it, but his client insisted on sending a scary letter – I hope the billable half hour was worth it
· A bar napkin with the our team business plan from 2006—the good ole days
· A picture of me and John McCain when I was in DC and a republican
· A dead plant (opps)
· A Chinese fortune cookie that says “you are surrounded by true friends”
· An “Easy Button” from the Staples contact service center we located to BR in 2006 (400 jobs)
· An antique deep-sea fishing pole
· An American Flag
· A picture of Ben Harper, a reminder of the awesome road trip to San Fran/San Diego
· 2008 New Year’s resolutions
· A handwritten letter from my mother dated 8/25/08 “…I love you so much only God knows… please continue to grow, but never lose sight of how you get there”
An office filled with stuff and each item brings back memories of a passion that has since just become job. Change seems to be the only constant in our lives---
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here is a song I've been addicted to lately. Enjoy!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So today I'm on a flight from Houston to Los Angeles and instead of entertaining myself with the usual recently downloaded tunes in my iPod or reading the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review I took part in the in flight movie. The movie was Yes Man staring Jim Carey, however about 10 minutes into the film it began to flicker so they decided to change it to Marley & Me. I've heard of the movie but never took the extra effort to Netflix it due to lack of appeal. It's the story of a coupe who adopts a puppy to begin the process of caring, caring for a life, animal or otherwise. So here I am 6'1 260 broad shoulders kind a guy’s guy (relative) watching this sappy movie in the middle seat between two ladies in the 38th row of a jumbo jet. If you haven't seen it...IT'S SAD!
And is the case with any chick flick about lifelong friendships with animals, be it horses (black beauty), or dogs or otherwise they all seem to lead up to that one tear jerking death scene.So there I am looking away trying not to tear up but I'm met with screen after screen on small tv’s the length of the plane … unable to escape this tragically sad scene of the dog being euthanized. By now, the ladies on each side of me are crying and I try to think of anything but death, death of this dog, anything to fight back a tear. Biting my tongue, shaking my leg, laughing and then finally the killer line "A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not.” Shit, tears begin to stream and I try not to move or draw attention to myself. During this still moment too afraid to acknowledge my emotions, I began to reflect on my life to recall all those that made me feel rare and extraordinary. I'm extremely blessed... And so must the two guys behind me ... I feel the need to thank them for crying too... For drawing the attention away from myself and onto deconstructing the stereotype that guys must be emotionless. To end a great movie the little old lady to my left leaned over and said “real men cry as it is just pain leaving the body, don’t be afraid.”
Cheers from my iPhone notepad on the decent into LAX
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Today, I ventured out of the office early to go fishing with my friends Jamie, Jason, and Ty. I wasn’t worried about the 20 knot winds nor the potentially horrible backlash of leaving work early but more on the order of my friends meeting my family. I can’t quite explain it, but I tend to have this unending guilt about my true beginnings. However, after a good meal and camaraderie with my dad and his girlfriend my friends summed the experience up in three letters PWT. PWT stands for Pure White Trash…. And ya know im proud of my PWT beginnings… it has taught me to be kind to people that have less, seek to understand first, and never be too quick to judge as we may never know other people’s circumstances.
Of course… this is uncensored. Question of the day: What is the most important thing you know…
Jason: never, ever take the people that we love for granted… we all to often take for granted the most important aspects of our life… the time we spend with people… friends and family.
Jamie: I’m bad ass. Just kidding. The only thing you can do is be your best self… you have to own who you are!
Ty: … silence… because that’s when you truly get to know people!
Im truly blessed to have such awesome friends and family.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Chad Cornett ...is religion a construct of the human mind to explain the unknown? interested in your thoughts
William at 10:51am April 20
Interestingly, neurobiologists discovered a portion of a brian that was labeled the "God spot" that showed hypersensitivity to religious words and ideas. Of course, the tests were run on epileptic patients, so...Then, the human mind tends to humanize the world around t hem, aka anthropomorphism, as you can see in any mythology or legends from any... culture. A guy named Muller said that most mythology is just "primitive" man's explanation of the natural world.So is God just a way to explain the unknown? Like primitive man, do we just not have the vocabulary or knowledge to explain God as he could not explain a flood or typhoon?
Rachel at 11:57am April 20
in undergrad I read a modern christian philosopher that wrote that every human has a map of their worldview, what makes sense to them about what's true in the world based on their observations. Modern christian philosophers believe that the Christian worldview, the one which includes God & Jesus in the picture, makes the most sense of our observations about the world, what we know to be true. That's all from me.
Kate at 1:21pm April 20
I thought it was created by Catholics and early european government to instill fear to create a stable society and a money-collection system. but apparently in a world view there is more to it than that.
Don at 1:30pm April 20
Chad, this is an interesting question. At least from my perspective, religion is a social institution allowing people to share spiritual beliefs, embody those beliefs in practice and engage in rituals that reinforce these beliefs and practices. "Explanation" is a rational function of the thinking mind. From a Western societal standpoint, science is... Read More the institution most interested in developing rational explanations of phenomena. The "unknown" is probably best envisioned as the vast hidden part of an iceberg in an ocean. The tip that we see is what we know in a cognitive sense. Some philosophers argue that intuitive knowledge exists. This latter form of knowledge is about feeling and sensing in a less mental conditioned/cognitive way. Perhaps a part of the hidden knowledge under the sea is accessed through our intuitive channels. Probably more than you asked for...
Aaron at 1:36pm April 20
I would say religion is the social instution that is designed to promote conformity to socio-political heirachical systems and is used as a political tool that allows for the justification for the actions of those who "have the power to define" (our leaders). Also, religion can be viewed as being an economic form of spirituality wherein one's ... Read Morepayment will be recieved in the here after..."You do this while you are living, and then you will be able to experience an afterlife of bliss and contentment." This is why Marx states, "Religion is the opiate of the masses. Individuals are not addicted to the high of worshipping a diety, but merely the idea of life everlasting; a life without the troubles and misfortune of today. This opiate more or less relieves the pain of living! Religion, when viewed as a socio-political structure, leads to the continuation of current social norms and customs.Now...Spirituality must be the focus...
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
8:30am: arrive/in my office
8:50am: by this time i have just spent 30minutes in silence-- nothing to read/review, just contemplating life. This is kinda my Zen time to look at life in retrospect-- am a good person? what is good? have i helped anyone recently? am i proud of where i am? -- this helps me get focused on the holistic side of life instead of work/post work/nightlife/etc...
8:50am: i begin my morning read in this order (1) New York Times (2) Drudge Report (3) The Dead Pelican (4) Andrew Sullivan (5) Facebook (6) Twitter at least one good article I've read this am that i might think people would want to read
9:20am: off to El Bano for the morning read of the local news paper, The Advocate
9:30am: open Outlook Email and begin the days work...
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I spent this week in Vail, CO at the Consultants Roundtable learning about how the recession is impacting the movement of industry around the globe. All in all it was a pretty great conference, but as with college it seems we often learn more from each other outside of a program… I had the pleasure to visit with some of the greatest brains in the industry and it was Wildly Fascinating. More to come when I’m not being badgered by the screaming sitting next to me at the airport!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The last game I played intensely was Ages of Empires for the PC and 007 (bond) for Nintendo 64 and that was almost eight years ago. I’m 26 years old and besides the constant reminders of my 10 year high school reunion looming later this year the gaming industry is the only industry I’ve come into contact with that makes me truly feel old and outdated. I’m beginning to think that the speed and adaptability of technology will one day cannibalize itself leaving us without the primal knowledge’s of our ancestors (i.e. not knowing how to make fire with two rocks) Here is what I found:
- 65% of American Households play computer or video games
- The average game player age is 35
- 40% of gamers are female and 60% are male, Women age 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (33%) than boys age 17 or younger(18%)
- How long have gamers been playing? 13 years. Among most frequent gamers, adult males avg 15 years for game playing, females for 12 years
- 38% of homes in America have a video game console – including me! only because I was given games and had no console to play them on
- Video Game: Best selling by genres/units sold: Action (22.3%), Family Entertainment (17.6%), Sports Games (14.1%), Shooter (12.1%), Racing (8.3%), Role-playing (7.6%)
- Top Selling Video Games of 2008: 1.Mario Kart Wii (5.1 million units) 2. Grand Theft Auto 4 (5m units) 3.Madden NFL 09 4.Super Smash Bros: Brawl 5.Wii Play with Remote 6. Guitar Hero 3:legends of rock 7. Wii Fit 8. Rock Band 9.Call of Duty 4 modern warfare 10. Call of Duty world at war
- 36% of heads of households report they play games on wireless devices (cell/pda)
Do you think Baton Rouge could be the next center of excellence for game development on open source platforms (iPhone)? I do. iphone apps average development time is approximately two to five months with an average cost of $50,000 to $250,000!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Following Richmond I ventured to GDC, the one place every aspect of the gaming industry comes to forge a relationship in one central place—the Game Developers Conference at the Mascone Center in San Francisco. The magnitude of this industry can only be seen in eyes of gamers and enthusiast as they pass booths filled with this year’s latest technologies, games, platforms, and consoles. GDC=sum (of raw talent + a fierce passion for interactive (2nd life type) }media = multi-billion dollar industry. Pic from the floor
After weeks of downloading various blues artist and torturing my staff with my loud singing (that I consider at least top 12 talent in the American idol blues version)… I ventured to Teddy’s Juke Joint in Zachary, LA. Walking in was a truly unique experience of blacks and whites, even people of Indian decent in the corner; all tapping their feet and nodding their head at the rhythm being belted from a shiny electric guitar. I slowly made my way to the bar and ordered my favorite love potion, Gin (preferably Tanguray) and Sprite. The manner in which I was
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Those who do, believe and know that time will be your key
Time and time again I've thanked them for a peace of mind
That helped me find myself amongst the music and the rhyme that enchants you there”